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Old 02-10-2014, 08:53 PM   #51
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And just by adding a light ring (Styrofoam plate around the lens) ha?
Ooooo something new to explore! ~.~
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:46 PM   #52
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Yes!
On your camera settings, find flash settings and turn it way down.
Use a small exacto knife to cut a circle in styrofoam small plate or bowl, and fit it over the lens.
Place your flower or subject on a table.
Try your macro settings and anything else you wish and see your results. If all goes well, you may only need to crop the best photo!

I just found this - a pic Roger took of me using the technique for a praying mantis shot!

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Ahhhh Now I see exactly what you're talking about. Thank you!
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That styrofoam plate trick is awesome! I can't wait to try it.
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Very cool demo, Sage. :
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Thanks!
Even a low setting on the flash is much better muted, and shooting at glass would not even work with a regular flash.
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Yes!
On your camera settings, find flash settings and turn it way down.
Use a small exacto knife to cut a circle in styrofoam small plate or bowl, and fit it over the lens.
Place your flower or subject on a table.
Try your macro settings and anything else you wish and see your results. If all goes well, you may only need to crop the best photo!

I just found this - a pic Roger took of me using the technique for a praying mantis shot!

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Very interesting technique!

My camera is similar to the one in the photo, a panasonic Lumix. What setting do you use to "find flash settings and turn it way down"?

How did you get the bowl to stay so straight on your lens?
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:51 PM   #58
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Place lens against foam bowl
Mark circle and cut it out
Some like the circle off-center so the widest part can cover more of the flash
Make little slash cuts around the hole of bowl. This makes the bowl fit more snugly.

Which Lumix do you use?
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find flash settings and turn it way down.
Why do you even have the flash setting on? So it takes a quicker shot, with less blur?
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Hava, for lighting purposes mainly. But if your subject is shaded the flash will allow a faster shutter speed which may be helpful too. Getting close enough to the subject for a macro can itself shade the subject. Outdoors, bugs and spiders may move, may not be in the best lighting, so the flash helps there too. And the get the background to go black. Find your flash setting and lower it for macros or you risk blowing out the pic.
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